At a United Nations conference in December, 89 countries voted in favor of international government regulation of the Internet. Specific regulations have not been agreed upon, but FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell told FoxNews.com he fears the U.N. may seek further rulings at a 2014 conference in Busan, Korea. Regulatory proposals range from changes in the way web addresses like “.com” are distributed to charging websites for sending information (a company like Facebook or Google could be required to pay cable companies a charge every time someone used their site). McDowell said such charges could kill some sites.
This small waterfall located in the Shale Creek Preserve along a section of the Chestnut Ridge Park, near Buffalo New York has a rather interesting phenomena associated with it. The aptly named “Eternal Flame Falls” sits on a pocket of natural methane gas, which seeps out through a fracture in the rocks behind the waterfall. Unfortunately weather conditions or lack of methane escaping can put the flame out now and then (perhaps not quite eternal) but it doesn’t take long before the locals or a visitor relights the flame once again. No one is quite sure who first discovered the fracture and set fire to it first.
An “expired” parking meter that was placed at the request of the deceased on her grave stone in the Highland Cemetery in Okemah, OK. This lady had a great sense of humor and always used to say that when she died she wanted a parking meter on her grave that says ‘Expired.’ So her nephew got her one on eBay! She said that the lady’s grave is right by the road so everyone can see it and many people have stopped to get a chuckle.
As Barbara Sue’s daughter, Sherri Ann Weeks, explained, the unusual decorative feature at the gravesite was indeed her mother’s idea. “Mom always wanted a parking meter on her grave with the words time expired. She died exactly on her 64th birthday, so my brother had special stickers made that read: 64 year time limit.”